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News & Notes: Feb. 11

Feb. 11, 2014

Public hearing coming

on Advanced Waste Services

Menomonee Falls — The Plan Commission will have a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Menomonee Falls High School auditorium, N8101 Merrimac Drive, to begin its review of a wastewater treatment plant proposal.

Advanced Waste Services has proposed a relocation of its west-side Milwaukee treatment plant to Falls. An estimated 350 residents packed Village Hall and the public library at a January Village Board meeting and nearly 1,500 residents have since signed an online petition against the proposal. The high school auditorium was chosen in anticipation of another large crowd.

The task of the Plan Commission is to determine whether the treatment plant is an objectionable use within the heavy industry zoning of the proposed site.

St. Boniface students make baptismal blankets

Germantown — On Feb. 6, St. Boniface students from every class, K4 through eighth grades, came together in their Spirit Groups to measure, cut and tie colorful fleece baby blankets to be given to newly baptized babies in the parish. Spirit Groups are made up of a mix of younger students lead by the eighth-graders. Their mission is to integrate students of every age into community outreach programs such as the baby blankets and singing carols at area nursing homes and also to just have fun with their peers through school plays, games and contests. Spirit groups build a sense of community in the school and allow students to get to know children in every grade.

For the baptismal baby blanket project, the eighth-graders led their younger schoolmates in making about 60 tied fleece blankets. The very youngest of students colored welcome cards to accompany the blanket while the older students measured, cut and hand-tied the fleece. The blankets will be presented to newly baptized babies in the parish throughout the year.

Village approves

parkway planning

Menomonee Falls — The Village Board last week approved a contract with design consultant Stantec for the third phase of the Falls Parkway project.

The approximately $108,000 contract includes design and engineering for roadway and municipal infrastructure along the parkway from County Highway Q to Water Street, street and intersection design, a pedestrian bridge, sanitary and storm sewer, as well as construction documentation, regulatory permitting, project management and soil analysis.

Germantown raising some student fees

Germantown — The School Board voted Monday to raise its fees in some areas for the 2014-2015 school year.

It will affect mostly Germantown High School. The fee for accounting increases from $35 to $45. Woodworking will see a $5 increase from $10 to $15. Three new AP courses will also incur fees: chemistry will have a $30 fee; music theory's fee will be $35; and economics will be $20.

Board member Lester Spies said he did not feel fees are fair.

It puts additional financial expectations on parents, who, many of the times, are already burdened with fundraising efforts, he said.

Board member Bruce Warnimont said he did not feel an equal $75 fee was appropriate. The district currently charges a student who participates in an academic co-curricular the same amount as a student who participates in an athletic extra-curricular.

The motion passed, 5-2, with Warnimont and Spies voting no.

Four staff members retiring from Germantown District

Germantown — Four Germantown School District faculty members, whose service totals 98 years, requested retirement after the 2013-2014 school year. The School Board approved their request with a unanimous vote on Monday.

Germantown High School Spanish teacher Pat Pehoski has served 27 years in the district. Liz Diedrich, fifth-grade teacher at Amy Belle, has taught in the district for 20 years. Nan Weymier-Killeen, a school social worker, has served the district for 26 years. Amy Dzwinel, art teacher at Kennedy Middle School, has taught for a total of 25 years.

Human Resources Director Cythia Coley asked the board to post the vacancies as soon as possible in order to recruit the highest qualified candidates available.

Board member Bruce Warnimont questioned filling the social worker vacancy. He asked the board to consider alternative ways to provide the same services. One example Warnimont cited was to analyze Washington County services to see if they could accommodate the district and provide social work services.

The board unanimously voted to fill three out of the four vacant positions, tabling filling the social worker position for further discussion at the Feb. 24 School Board meeting.

District holds off renting property to farmer

Germantown — The Germantown School Board decided unanimously on Monday to table the discussion and the decision about whether to lease its 21.6 acres of property to Richard Stephan, who has rented the farmland since 1998, until further analysis can be conducted.

The Germantown School District owns 21.6 acres of property south of Holy Hill Road between Hwy 45 and Goldendale Road. Stephan asked to rent 19.4 acres of the property for farming at the same $85 per acre as 2013.

Board member Bruce Warnimont said the School District could be losing money by only charging $85 per acre. He said that the school district should charge Stephan $140 per acre, a 64 percent increase over the previous year.

Warnimont also said the agreement should add some common agricultural practices such as crop rotation and tilling the land in spring versus fall.

Richard Ericksen, director of business and auxiliary service for Germantown, said the board should assign a date to discuss the issue soon and make a decision by March in order to give Stephan time to plan before planting season in April.

Business department receives two grants

Menomonee Falls — Financial literacy for Menomonee Falls' students took two steps up this week as the Business Department won two grants totaling more than $20,000.

The grants will be used to fulfill the mission of the department to improve the "financial literacy for all Menomonee Falls students," business teacher Lisa Kiefer said in a news release.

A Discover Pathway to Financial Success grant was approved for $19,855 and will cover the cost of 44 iPads with Wi-Fi, two Jambox wireless speakers and one storage charger.

The Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants awarded business teachers Kiefer and Sara Burling a grant for $1,212. The grant will be used to take two teams from the high school to the forensic accounting competition at Lakeland College in March and a field trip for managerial accounting students to see a presentation from the Stein Gardens and Gifts chief financial officer and take a tour of the company.

Kiefer and Burling will also take students to the Kohler Co. to see several facets of the business and to Lakeland College in April.

Germantown church wins construction award

Germantown — Consolidated Construction Company announced Monday that three of its construction projects have been awarded Projects of Distinction highest honors by Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, including Life Church in Germantown.

Nominations were evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in the areas of design, value, safety, engineering, quality, schedule, overcoming obstacles, and customer satisfaction.

Student artists featured at Milwauke Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum's annual exhibition of works by Wisconsin students grades seve to 12 is on view. More than 2,300 individual artworks from 112 schools across the state participated in the Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin.

Gold and Silver Key winning artists are on display in Schroeder Galleria and Pieper Gallery now through March 16.

From Germantown High School the winners are James Boelter, Luke Esperes, Mollie Gauger, Rachel Gerlach and Gabrielle Norton.

From Menomonee High School the winners are Caitlin Ellefson, Miranda Fluegge, Kasey Hurst, Jamie Jorgenson, Molly Kane-Viehland, Kirsten Price, Kristen Protheroe, Brittni Reeves, Jill Schweiss, Sarah Shepherd, Max Shull, Karissa Smaglick and Gee Yang.

From Menomonee North Junior High School the winners are Perlpreet Kler, Mattilyn Poland and Nou Thao.

The Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin competition and exhibition is the regional section of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program, conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc. In Awards Ceremonies February 8, student artists are awarded 283 individual Gold Keys which forwards them on to the National Scholastic Art Awards Competition, and 130 Silver Keys, which allows for statewide recognition of their work.

"It is a privilege to see the work of these young artists and to be a part of their experience in the Scholastic Art Awards," said Daniel Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. "With so much talent, I have no doubt that choosing the winners was hard for our jury, and I look forward to seeing some of these same artists competing again next year."

Tax refunds can be donated to help Wisconsin Special Olympians

Germantown — Thirty-seven year old Anthony Porter, a Wisconsin athlete and Front End Associate at Sendiks in Germantown, is just one of thousands of people you can help this year by donating to Special Olympics Wisconsin on your state income tax form.

Donating a portion of your tax return to SOWI will not only ensure the organization can continue to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in 17 Olympic-type sports, it also helps offer athletes leadership training to build confidence and become more independent, improving their employability skills.

Porter said he was shy before he joined SOWI's Athlete Leadership Program 14 years ago. Today, Porter works at Sendik's, a position he thanks Special Olympics for helping him secure.

"Special Olympics showed me I can not only do sports like other kids, it showed me I am capable of doing anything they can do," Porter said. "(Special Olympics) showed me that people with disabilities can work. Special Olympics showed me that I can do it."

Donating is easy and gifts may be deductible on your 2014 taxes. Simply find the section called "Donations" and select Special Olympics in the listing of nonprofit organizations. Then, indicate the donation amount. Or, if you use a tax preparer, let them know how much you'd like to contribute. It's that simple to give back to an organization that helps people like Anthony Porter succeed.

For more information on how you can make a donation on your state income tax form and make a difference in the lives of thousands, visit SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org/taxcheckoff.

Village modifies list of capital projects in 2014

Germantown — The list of Germantown's planned capital projects and equipment purchases in 2014 has been tweaked, following a decision Monday by the Village Board.

The village is tapping $304,000 in reserve funds to purchase equipment that will primarily benefit the police department.

At the same time, several projects have been extracted from the 2014 list of capital projects, including $60,000 toward stream bank stabilization efforts and $50,000 toward ditching projects in several subdivisions.

Knights of Columbus free-throw competition results

Germantown — On Jan. 14 The Knights of Columbus hosted their annual free-throw competition at St. Boniface School, located in Germantown. The Knights of Columbus worked in conjunction with physical education classes to organize this fun competition. It proved to be a huge success with 60 boys and girls participating thanks to the help and organization of Mr. Plenke, council youth director and Ms. Wollner, St. Boniface physical education teacher.

The event was open to all boys and girls between the ages of nine and 14.

Winners in each age and gender division may compete in the district contest being held in February at St. Joe's in Waukesha. The winners consist of: age 9: Sam Mohrfeld, Julianna Mohrfeld; age 10: Matthew Drinan, Carly Nigro; age 11: Owen Meyer, Angela Laabs; age 12: Ethyn Burczyk, Samantha Urban; age 13: Cole Brzakala, Hanna Schickert; and age 14: Ethan Lehman, Jaclyn Cotey.

For more information, please visit stbonifacewi.org.

School District hosting kindergarten registration

Germantown — The Germantown School District's 2014-15 kindergarten registration is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The registration continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27. Kindergarten registration takes place at all public elementary schools, and families are welcome to register at any site. An informational letter about registration was mailed out late January to those families on the school census. If you did not receive a registration letter, please call Doris Adrian in Teaching and Learning at (262) 253-3907.

Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014, is eligible for admission to kindergarten according to state law. Parents/Guardians are requested to present a birth certificate, passport or similar proof of child's age when registering on Feb. 26 or 27. Please bring the following additional information to registration: two forms proving residency; child's immunization record; parents' work phone numbers, a name and phone number to contact in an emergency; name and phone number of the child's doctor.

Registration materials are available to be filled out at the schools — Amy Belle Elementary (253-3470), County Line Elementary (253-3465), Mac Arthur Elementary (253-3468) and Rockfield Elementary (253-3472) — on Feb. 26 or 27. Parents may choose to download the materials off the district website germantownschools.org, bring the completed forms along with the information mentioned above to the school on Feb. 26 or 27. If parents would like a copy of the registration materials mailed to a home address, please call Doris Adrian at (262) 253-3907.

Menomonee Falls school calendars set for next two years

Menomonee Falls — Parents in Menomonee Falls can begin planning vacations and other activities for the next few years.

The School Board last week voted in favor of district calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

For the 2014-15 school year, classes begin Sept. 2 and conclude June 11, 2015. For the 2015-16 school year, classes begin Sept. 1, 2015 and conclude June 8, 2016.

In both school years, winter break begins Dec. 24 and concludes at the end of the following week.

In the 2014-15 school year, spring break is from April 3-10, 2015. In the 2015-16 school year, it has been scheduled from March 25 to April 1.

Full details of both calendars are available on the district's website, sdmf.k12.wi.us.

Falls police host accreditation review

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Police Department will host a site review for continuing accreditation for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.

Everyone is invited to meet the site visit team and share comments about the Menomonee Falls Police Department in person at a meeting scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb.19 at the Menomonee Falls Village Hall, N8480 Pilgrim Road.

Telephone comments are welcome and can be made from 2 to 3 p.m. by calling (262) 532-8700.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group at 8133 W. Raymond Lane, West Allis, WI 53219 or e-mail wileag@sbcglobal.net.

All written comments should be received by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Board by March 7.

Germantown splits nonresident seats between 220, Open Enrollment

Germantown — The Germantown School Board last week decided 34 open seats will be split in the 2014-15 school year between Chapter 220 students and nonresident Open Enrollment students without credit deficiencies. The seats will be allocated between Amy Belle Elementary School, County Line Elementary School, MacArthur Elementary School and Germantown High School.

Currently, no special education seats are available to accommodate special needs Chapter 220 or nonresident Open Enrollment students.

The Germantown school administration requested that the board continue to accept the eight existing tuition waiver students because they are already included in the current enrollment figures.

In addition, the administration asked the board to accept siblings of current Chapter 220 and nonresident Open Enrollment students in all grade levels. It was reasoned that the number of siblings normally amounts to less than 10 students per year.

The board approved split, 6-1, with member Bruce Warnimont voting no.

Bank raises money benefiting Falls food pantry

Menomonee Falls — A grand total of $1,353.26 was collected at the Menomonee Falls location of Cornerstone Community Bank thanks to the customers and employees who brought donations into the bank during the month of December to benefit the Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry.

"We think it's fantastic the amount of money collected in only one month," said Larry Burg, Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry board member. "We are very thankful to Cornerstone for their continued assistance, not only financially, but also for their help in raising awareness about the pantry in our community."

The mission of the food pantry is to gather and distribute food to those with acute or chronic need who live in the greater Menomonee Falls area. The Falls Area Food Pantry strives to raise awareness of hunger in our community and provide volunteer opportunities for community members to serve one another. For more information about the Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry, please call (262) 251-6848.

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